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Tablo Apps &
Compatible Devices

Watch Live & Recorded TV on Your Favorite Device

Network-connected Tablo DVRs let you enjoy your favorite Over-the-Air TV programs via apps on all of your devices including Smart TVs, streaming media players, computers, and mobile devices.

(Click here for TV-Connected Tablo compatible secondary streaming devices & apps
or here for compatible recording storage options.)
 

To enjoy Over-the-Air content on your big screen TV, network-connected Tablo DVRs support most popular HDMI-connected streaming media devices and sticks including:

  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Apple TV
  • Nvidia Shield (Android TV)
  • Chromecast with Google TV (Android TV)


Click to see 
compatible secondary streaming devices & apps for TV-Connected Tablo DVRs.

The ‘best’ set-top-box for you depends on your needs and budget, but keep these considerations in mind while shopping:

Splurge vs. Save - Lower-end models will be slower and may lack features you want

Box vs. Stick - Stick-style models may be missing features

App Support - Some devices do not support a full range of TV streaming apps

Current vs. Previous Generation - Everyone loves a deal, but newer hardware is a better long-term investment

Certified vs. Generic Android - Generic 'KODI boxes' can cause app incompatibility or streaming quality issues

Set-Top-Box vs. Smart TVTablo supports some Smart TVs, but set-top-boxes provide more flexibility and power

Roku is the most popular streaming device cord cutters use with Tablo OTA DVRs.

Benefits
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Supports Automatic Commercial Skip
- Access live and recorded local TV on the same device as over 5,000+ paid or free Roku ‘channels’
- Wide range of affordable devices 
- Available online and in-store (US and Canada)

Drawbacks
- Does not support Tablo Connect

We Recommend
We recommend the Roku Ultra (2020) and Roku Streaming Stick+.

(Older 'legacy' models such as the Roku LT and original streaming stick are not supported.)

Amazon Fire TV is the 2nd most popular streaming device for use with Tablo OTA DVRs.

Benefits
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
Supports Tablo Connect & Automatic Commercial Skip
- Support for over 7,000+ paid or free apps and games
- Range of affordable devices including set-top-boxes and sticks
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- User interface pushes Amazon Video content; can be off-putting for non-subscribers 

We Recommend
The 2019 Amazon Fire TV Cube or the Amazon Fire TV 4K stick for the best experience.

(1st generation Fire TV boxes and sticks are no longer officially supported.)

Apple fans should consider the speedy 4th Gen Apple TV or the new Apple TV 4K.

Benefits
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Supports Automatic Commercial Skip 
- Super-fast in-app navigation
- Control video playback using Siri voice assistant 
- Access live and recorded local TV on the same device as purchased content from iTunes
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- Expensive – price starts at $150 USD
- Does not support Tablo Connect
- Not compatible with TV-Connected Tablo DVRs

We Recommend
Apple TV HD, Apple TV 4K

(Previous generation Apple TVs do not support an app store and therefore do not offer a native Tablo app.)

The Nvidia SHIELD platform is great for gamers and home theatre hobbyists because of its power and flexibility. 

Benefits
- Super-fast in-app navigation
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Supports Tablo Connect & Automatic Commercial Skip
- Controlled with a gamepad or optional remote control
- Access to a wide range of popular apps and games from the Google Play store
- Can become a mini HTPC with PLEX or KODI 
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- Expensive – starts at $199 USD
- Cannot control Tablo app using Google voice controls

We Recommend
Nvidia SHIELD TV PRO or NVIDIA SHIELD TV (stick).

Unlike previous generations of Chromecast, the new Chromecast wtih Google TV is a true streaming device with its own remote.

Benefits
- Affordable but capable hardware
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Supports Tablo Connect & Automatic Commercial Skip
- Access to a wide range of popular apps and games from the Google Play store
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- Not as powerful or flexible as other Android TV-based devices

We Recommend
Chromecast with Google TV (2020)

(Casting via Tablo's Android mobile or web app to previous generations of Chromecast is supoorted but we do not recommend it as a primary viewing device.)

More than half of new televisions being sold today are Smart TVs - television displays that connect to and allow you to stream content over the internet or your home network.

Network-connetcted Tablo DVRs support the following Smart TV brands and styles: 

  • Roku Smart TVs (multiple manufacturers)
  • Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TVs (multiple manufacturers)
  • Android TV Smart TVs (multiple manufacturers)

Click to see compatible secondary streaming Smart TVs & apps for TV-Connected Tablo DVRs.

Not all Smart TVs are created equal. In addition to looking for a television with a quality picture, you should be concerned about where it gets its 'smarts'. 

Cord cutters, keep these considerations in mind:

  • Operating System - Does it use technology from streaming set-top-box device makers like Roku, mainstream operating systems like Android TV, or a proprietary operating system?
  • App Support - Smart TVs using tech from set-top-box makers generally support a wider variety of apps and will have access to new apps sooner.
  • Power & Longevity - The 'smarts' inside your television can reach obsolescence quickly and wind up lacking the software and power required to use popular streaming apps.

 

 

One of every 3 Smart TVs shipped today in the US is based on Roku's operating system.

Benefits
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Access live and recorded local TV on the same device as over 5,000+ paid or free Roku ‘channels’
- Wide range of affordable models
- Available online and in-store (US and Canada)

We Recommend
Roku Smart TVs are so popular due to their affordability, user-friendly interface and range of prices/styles. If you're a cord cutter choosing a Smart TV over a set-top-box, these are your best bets.

 

Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TVs are readily available.  

Benefits
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Support for over 7,000+ paid or free apps and games
- Range of affordable devices including set-top-boxes and sticks
- Supports setting manual recordings
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- User interface pushes Amazon Video content; can be off-putting for non-subscribers 

We Recommend
Amazon Fire TV set-top-boxes and sticks offer an excellent Tablo experience, and the Fire TV Edition Smart TVs are no exception. Better picture quality can be found on more expensive TV sets, but these offer good value.  

Smart TVs leveraging the Android TV operating system offer excellent flexibility. 

Benefits
- Access to most Tablo screens and features
- Supports setting manual recordings
- Access to a wide range of popular apps and games from the Google Play store
- Manufacturers include Sony, Philips and Sharp
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- Older models may not have the processing power or memory required to run the Tablo app

We Recommend
We have not tested all makes/models of Android-based Smart TVs, but Sony generally offers good quality televisions. However, the in-app navigation speed is generally slower than Android TV set-top-boxes.

Now that you know more about Tablo compatible Smart TVs, here's some additional reading that you might find helpful:

Tablo Compatible Mobile Devices & PCs

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Network-connected Tablo DVRs support a variety of mobile devices and PCs including:

  • iPads & iPhones running iOS 12+
  • Android smartphones and tablets running Android 4.4+
  • PC & MAC computers running Chrome, Safari, or the latest Microsoft Edge browser

With Tablo's out-of-home streaming service - Tablo Connect - cord cutters can even watch their favorite live and recorded hometown programs anywhere there's a WiFi or cellular connection.

 

NOTE - TV-Connected Tablo DVRs are not compatible with Tablo's mobile apps

Apple fans can enjoy live and recorded TV via the Tablo apps for iPhone and iPad.

Benefits
- Access to all Tablo screens and filters including settings
- Supports Tablo Connect
- Supports setting manual recordings
- Can be used with older generation Apple TV devices via Airplay
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- None

We Recommend
Any newer generation iPhone or iPad running iOS 12+ can be used with the Tablo app.

 

Android fans can enjoy live and recorded TV via the Tablo app for Android smartphones and tablets.

Benefits
- Access to all Tablo screens and filters including settings
- Supports Tablo Connect
- Supports setting manual recordings
- Can be used with Chromecast to 'cast' programs to your big screen TV
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- None

We Recommend
Any newer generation Android device running Android 4.4+ can be used with the Tablo app.

If you want to keep an eye on the game while working on your PC or MAC laptop, or if you have a Home Theatre PC (HTPC) setup in the basement, you can enjoy live and recorded content from Tablo via the web app.

Benefits
- Access to most Tablo screens and features including settings
- Supports Tablo Connect (via web, not Windows 10 app)
- Supports setting manual recordings
- Can be used with Chromecast to 'cast' programs to your big screen TV
- Available in the US and Canada

Drawbacks
- Not fully supported on all browsers - optimized for Chrome, Safari, and the latest version of Microsoft Edge

We Recommend
Any PC or MAC computer running Chrome or Safari with a sufficient video card for playing high quality video will work with the Tablo web app.

Now that you know more about Tablo compatible PCs and mobile devices, here's some additional reading that you might find helpful:

Tablo Apps

Tablo Apps for iPad and Android Tablets:

Must be iPad 2+ running IOS 12+

Must be running Android 4.4+

Tablo Downloadable Web Apps for iPhone and Android Smartphones:

For iPhones running iOS 12+

For Android phones, phablets and tablets running Android 4.4+ 

 

Tablo app for AppleTV 4:

Available on 4th Gen. & 4K Apple TVs only. Search for “Tablo”.

Tablo app for Amazon Fire TV:

For Amazon Fire TV streaming devices & Smart TVs.
(You may need to search for Nuvyyo.)

Tablo app for Android TV:

For Android TV-based streaming devices & Smart TVs.

Tablo Channel for Roku:

Available on Roku TVs and Players

Tablo can be found in the "Movies & TV" section of the Roku Channel Store.

Tablo Web App for Computers:

Visit my.tablotv.com (Optimized for Chrome, Safari, & Edge browsers)

Tablo iPad App Interface Demo

Tablo's intuitive interface with gorgeous poster artwork and program details let you discover your favorite broadcast shows and sports by genre, channel or time; all in beautiful HD quality. The Tablo app for tablets and smartphones provides a Netflix-style guide to your live and recorded HDTV anywhere, anytime.

Tablo Web App Interface Demo

Tablo's intuitive web interface makes it easy to discover your favorite broadcast shows and sports by genre, channel or time; all in beautiful HD quality. The Tablo web app works on PC/MAC and many other web-enabled devices giving you flexible access to live and recorded HDTV wherever you are.

Tablo Apple TV App Interface Demo

Tablo's intuitive Apple TV interface makes it easy to watch and record your favorite broadcast shows and sports all in beautiful HD quality.

The Tablo Apple TV app works on both the 4th generation and 4K Apple TV models.

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